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Caterpillar of Charaxes jasius

Caterpillar of Charaxes jasius
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Copyright: Luis alberto (semprempe) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 4 N: 140] (974)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 550D, EF 75-300mm III USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-01 7:07
Viewed: 2117
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the caterpillar of Caraxes jasius, the Two-tail Pasha.
The host plant is Arbutus unedo very common in this region of the south of Portugal.

Charaxes jasius
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Two-tailed Pasha

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Charaxes
Species: C. jasius
Binomial name
Charaxes jasius
Linnaeus, 1767

The Two-tailed Pasha or Foxy Emperor (Charaxes jasius) is a butterfly which occurs in the Mediterranean region and Africa.[1]
The wingspan is 6575 mm in males and 7590 mm in females. Flight period is year-round.[2]
The host plant of the caterpillars is the strawberry tree Arbutus unedo.


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Hi Luis,
really nice and inreresting photo of caterpillar. Amazing colours. Great composition.
Thanks for sharing,

wow just look at her blend in!! Well done and TFS! really enjoyed this, so amazing what they turn out to be :0)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-04-02 4:16]

Hello Luis,
Interesting picture showing how well the caterpillar is camouflaged on these green leaves. At first sight I didn't see it. May be you could have taken even a closer approach for the shot, but I like it too this way.
Kind regards

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